SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Hundreds of locals came out to 903 Brewers in Sherman Sunday, to taste test the top chili in town-- all for a very good cause.
Great Bowls of Fire, a chili and salsa cook off benefiting the Grayson County Child Welfare Board, was back this year-- and bigger than ever.
"This has been the biggest year yet."
Jeremy Roberts owns 903 Brewers where the event was held for the 3rd year.
He said 600 people came out to taste 21 different teams' bowls of chili and salsa.
"We have a combo of beef and venison chili," said Investigator Mike Ditto at the district attorney's office. 'We're about done. Everybody has eaten it."
Ditto showcased a special recipe for the first time this year.
"Seeing all the people and knowing you're doing something for a worthwhile cause," he said about his favorite aspect of the event.
Other competitors, like Brad Cosby, an army recruiter based in Mckinney, aren't strangers to the competition. It's his ninth cook off this year!
"It's about a 4-5 hour timeline. It's a week long process between grocery shopping, combining the teams together, going over strategy, figuring out what we're gonna do," Cosby said.
Tasters and competitors each had to pay a fee. There was also an auction and raffle.
All in all, $15,000 will be handed to the child welfare board for their only fundraising event of the year.
"We live in such a great community. We're so blessed that people want to support all the charities, especially one like this," Roberts said.
Shane Brem and Kyle Cosby came in first and second in the blind chili judging. Kyle Cosby and James Cosby were first and second in the blind salsa category.
People's choice chili was LaVita Bryant, and salsa was Daphne Maxwell.